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Charles Lee

SharePoint 2010 release date – is it that important?


There has been lots of excitement in the SharePoint community over the last few days as Microsoft have announced the official release date of SharePoint 2010. May 12th is the date for your diaries (RTM in April.) The twittersphere has been telling everyone for the last few days about this news and there is much […]

10 March 2010 4:00 am by
Charles Lee

SharePoint: Numeric/Integer Site Column (Field) Types


What field type should you use when creating number based site columns as part of a SharePoint feature? Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 provides you with an extensible and flexible method of developing and deploying Site Columns and Content Types (both of which are required for most SharePoint projects requiring list or library based data storage) […]

1 March 2010 4:00 am by
Charles Lee

SharePoint: Where have my content types gone?

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Have all your SharePoint site columns and content types ever mysteriously vanished from your site collection?  What could cause this catastrophe to occur? At one time or another when you are developing solutions for SharePoint (MOSS 2007/WSS 3.0) you will be creating and deleting site collections regularly in order to test a piece of functionality.  […]

2 February 2010 1:00 am by
Charles Lee

The Upgrade Path to SharePoint 2010


If your looking at the public beta of SharePoint 2010 and thinking, “We are going to need to upgrade, but where do I start?” then hopefully this basic guide should help you on how to plan and what action to take in preparation for an upgrade. Upgrade vs. Migration In my view there are two […]

22 January 2010 1:00 am by
Charles Lee

SharePoint: The security validation for this page is invalid


Happy new year to you all.  I am starting off 2010 with an article I have been meaning to write for ages, it addresses an error that has come up several times whilst I have been developing solutions that operate outside of the parameters of a standard SharePoint customisation. Quite often when developing this type […]

5 January 2010 1:00 am by
Charles Lee

Deploying InfoPath templates within MOSS 2007


I am going to start with a quote that I want everyone to remember.  It should be in the mind of anyone developing InfoPath solutions for SharePoint. “Never, ever publish an InfoPath form directly from InfoPath into a production SharePoint environment.” I have seen this too many times and it will make your administrators really […]

14 December 2009 1:00 am by
Charles Lee

Initiate a SharePoint workflow from a button on the list view.


I came across a scenario recently where a project required that a list of items could have a button or link on a list view, which would cause a workflow to start. Essentially the users involved were not happy using the out-of-the-box way that SharePoint (WSS 3.0) allows users to manually initiate workflows. They believed […]

24 November 2009 1:00 am by
Charles Lee

Using the JQuery dialog widget in a custom SharePoint web part


If you have played around with the dialog widget in JQuery UI you may have noticed a couple of things. Like a lot of JavaScript libraries it messes with the DOM (Document Object Model) at what might be unexpected times and therefore it does not play well with SharePoint. It breaks the web part verb […]

11 November 2009 4:00 am by
Charles Lee

SharePoint 2010 – What to look forward to.


For many months now the intricate details of what’s under the bonnet (that’s the hood to all US readers) of SharePoint 2010 has been for a select bunch of SharePoint MVPs and Microsoft partners, and it has been protected by an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) threatening to bring the world down around the ears of any […]

4 November 2009 4:44 am by
Charles Lee

Using a People Picker in SharePoint Workflow Initiation


Creating a workflow from SharePoint Designer is limiting in many ways, but it’s also very quick and easy, and it covers a large majority of every day scenarios. One of the major flaws for me has always been the inability to select ‘Person’ as a data type for an initiation variable (assuming that this would […]

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